Yes employers have to pay unemployment premiums to the State of ND. If they have not paid it is an issue for the State to pursue it doesn't effect an employees ability to receive unemployment compensation benefits. However, if the employer takes the position that you are an independent contractor, not an employee, then there would be no unemployment premiums for you and you would not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Also I would be concerned that employer is not paying workers compensation premiums and if employer is withholding Federal tax and social security from your pay check, have those amounts been paid to IRS/SS?
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